This year started out – or is that, continued? – with a barrage of bad news that is enough to make any sane person just want to turn it off and tune it out. A little selection? Scientists’ dire warning: … Continue reading Enough!, and: Better Living by Ecology
The “paleo” trend, especially prominent with the paleo diet, but also producing advice for many another area of life, is one of the more fascinating things to consider from an ‘ecohappy’ perspective. After all, it wants to be based on … Continue reading Paleo, the Backlash, and Returns Forward
The anthropic principle was suggested in cosmology, based on the observation that physical constants in the universe have certain values, and they must have these values or the universe would not exist as it does, capable of housing intelligent/conscious life … Continue reading The Eco-Anthropic Principle of Human Life on Earth?
From Roman times to the Renaissance, pepper used to be what rich people used to excess because only they could afford it. Baroque nobility had banquet food covered in sugar because it was the new ‘spice’ of the rich. Meat … Continue reading Ecosystems, Eating, Essential Joy
Still thinking about and engaged in discussions about that… New studies are playing with new computer models, and once again the media are jumping on the great headlines that it makes when computers calculate collapse. The rise of social media … Continue reading Earth-Funded* Study: Creation of Civilization is Imminent
March 20th was the UN Day of Happiness. March 21, the beginning of spring. And the news? “Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’?“ “Climate change is putting world at risk of irreversible changes, scientists warn” (again reported in … Continue reading The Terror of an Unchanging Climate Conversation
For a species to exist in this world, it must fit into it. That is, it must be adapted well-enough to the conditions it encounters for it to survive and have offspring, whether that be the cold of polar or … Continue reading The Survival of the Fitting
With tough times and good intentions comes a return of home making…
The one idea for the future that still keeps getting pushed is that economic growth is the only measure we need to look at.
Get the economy growing, there’s more money going around, everyone gets richer. Mechanize more, automate still more, make things more efficient, profits will grow and things will get cheaper. Win-win: the very-rich get richer, the majority can still go shopping and drown in stuff. Continue reading “Depressive Economics…”
Once again, thanks to Russell Brand this time, a revolution is what’s being talked about.
Once again, one person gets the spotlight and supporters flock to his words (and detractors to disagree).
Once again, basic misunderstandings make sure that nothing will, in all probability, change. Continue reading “The Revolution Will Not Be Thought”
Even as we have gained greater freedom, we are feeling increasingly powerless.
No longer does birth absolutely determine the course of one’s life; a farmer’s child isn’t necessarily going to be a farmer, a laborer’s a laborer, and only an academic’s an educated person with a white-collar job. A woman isn’t necessarily going to be pushed into the role of housemaker and mother.
It is at once one of the most commonsense and one of the most challenging observations: all too often, there is a wide disconnect between our awareness of problems, our knowledge of answers, even our professed priorities in life, and … Continue reading Life-Tracking Lessons for Better